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Former First Lady of Bangladesh to be opposition leader in parliament

English.news.cn   2014-01-06 18:15:07            

DHAKA, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- Rowshan Ershad, wife of former Bangladeshi President HM Ershad, will become the leader of the opposition in the country's 10th parliament, a party leader said on Monday.

"We'll join parliament as main opposition led by Rowshan Ershad, " Jatiya Party leader Kazi Firoz Rashid told Xinhua. "She will be leader of the oppositon in the 10th parliament."

Out of 300 seats, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League ( AL) has won so far 232 seats, which are more than enough to form a government.

Jatiya Party emerged as main opposition party by winning 31 seats in Sunday's parliamentary election marred by opposition boycott and widespread violence.

Former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has called a nationwide 48-hour strike from Monday morning, demanding cancellation of Sunday's poll results.

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Post-polls violence leaves 5 dead, dozens injured in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) -- At least three people were killed and about two dozen others injured in clashes between supporters of rival candidates of Sunday's general elections in Dohar sub- district of capital Dhaka Monday morning, police said.

"Three people including father and son were killed as supporters of the rival candidates clashed with lethal weapons," Kamrul Islam, officer-in-charge, of Dohar Police told Xinhua. Full story

Bangladesh opposition calls fresh 48-hour strike demanding cancellation of elections

DHAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Less than an hour after the parliament elections concluded amid wide spread violence, Bangladesh's main opposition has called a nationwide 48-hour strike from Monday morning demanding cancellation of Sunday's general polls.

Osman Faruq, a spokesperson for Bangladesh Nationalist Party ( BNP), announced the strike at a press briefing, saying the strike also aimed at protesting "death of 21 opposition men on Sunday."  Full story

Violence leaves 16 dead, dozens injured

DHAKA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- At least 16 people have reportedly been killed in poll violence in a number of Bangladesh districts on Sunday.

"At least 15 opposition activists and a member of Ansar Bahini, a disciplined force for internal security and law enforcement in Bangladesh, were killed in six districts as violent clashes, aimed at foiling the 10th general election, erupted today across the country centering the controversial polls boycotted by the opposition," leading English newspaper The Daily Star reported Sunday. Full story

 

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